Issue No.

69—December 2010

PO Box 2008, Hazeldene 3658

Just over 15 months ago the Flowerdale Community House was approached by Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) to see whether any local artists were interested in trying for selection for a project called Illuminated by Fire. Not long after this, local artist, Sharon Collins had an idea to cast the hand of every Flowerdale resident in clear glass resin. One suggestion plus one idea equals one fantastic project – and Enlightened Spirits was born. Because the Flowerdale Tree logo had become a symbol of everything wonderful about our community, and had been immortalized on the skin of more than 80 people, the Tree became an integral part of the Enlightened Spirits project. After submitting a proposal, along with 35 other applicants Sharon Collins’ proposal was accepted as one of the eleven projects to be included in the Illuminated by Fire display. Apart from the criteria of ―astonishing art‖, the project was also enhanced by the amount of community involvement in it. More than 280 Flowerdale residents, their families and their friends have had their hands cast for this Artistic Installation. Last Saturday, at the Flowerdale Recreation Reserve, Enlightened Spirits was launched with around 200 people attending. After a delicious dinner, fantastic performances from Rita and her friends in not have been completed to such a brilliant standard without the tireless efforts of Tony Turner and Vicky Miller and Dave Thompson. It was wonderful to be able to welcome visitors from RAV who have been such enthusiastic supporters of Sharon’s project, including Artistic Driector Donna Jackson, RAV Director Lindy Allen, Illuminated by Fire project Cordinator Joseph Toohey and his partner, Tahlia, Documentary Film Maker Malcom, and RADO Marilyn Gourley. Equally privileged were we to have Olivia Brumen from Vic Market Tattoos and her lovely mum, Jill visit for the evening. Olivia is much loved by the 80+ Flowerdalians who have had our Tree Logo inscribed on to their bodies, because for these past 18 months, Olivia has given up her only day off each week to tattoo people of Flowerdale free of charge. Sharon’s Enlightened Spirits Art Installation is due to be moved to Federation Square next June to be displayed with the other 10 Illuminated By Fire projects. If funding can be sourced, it may not be too late for Flowerdalians who have not done so, to have their hands cast and added to the Federation Square Display. As always an amazing team put this day together – there are too many people to name – but it was the Flowerdale Community coming together with such spirit that made the evening one to remember. Congratulations Sharon – a brilliant launch. Inside this issue:
Hoof Over Hills 2010 Flowerdale Primary Flowerdale Jnr & Snr CFA & Playgroup Flowerdale Kinder Flowerdale Hall Kinglake Scout Group Flowerdale Xmas Flowerdale Trust Fund Murrindindi Shire Local Tradies Flowerdale Community House Contact Phones No.‘s 2 9 11 12 13 14 15 17 21 24 32 33 26

Distribution: 500 copies to Silver Creek Rd., Silver Parrot Rd., Creekside Drive., Riverside Cres., Service Road, Moore ‘s Rd., Spring Valley Rd. Upper King Parrot Rd, and the Main Road as far as Minto Rd. Also the Hazeldene Store, Flowerdale Hotel, Strath Creek Store and Glenburn Roadhouse. Articles, advertisements, etc. can be left at the store, posted to PO Box 2008, Hazeldene, or emailed to the Community House at

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HOOF OVER HILLS Flowerdale Victoria 2003—2010


2010 Report
After two weeks of relatively dry weather and sunshine, the rain came and winter returned — just in time to offer the Hoof Over Hills Organizers and Volunteers their greatest ever challenge. back through bushland and hilltops overlooking the Valley Of A Thousand Hills, riders were supported by Trail Boss Alan Schulz and his Crew of fully qualified Ride Leaders, Stewards, Paramedics and Drag Riders. The large friendly 4WD Back Up Crew provided hot tea and coffee, cool drinks, freshly made sandwiches, fruit and home made cakes, slices and quiches and a BBQ lunch for more than 250 people on the trail. Friday Riders Night was lots of fun, showcasing great local music and giving our visitors and volunteers time to catch up with each other and relax into the weekend. Saturday Community Night featured a gorgeous roast beef meal in our large marquee, fire drums, raffle, auction and mud— lots of mud. Excellent entertainment by the F l o we r d a l e Primary School Singing Group, our local poets Jordan and Dylan Mason and Pete Auty, later followed by Ruckus, ensured a great night for everyone.

From Top: The entire Grant family battle the rain & mud to support mum, Chrissy. Ride Leader Terry Dean & Henry Kielbaska enjoy a hearty lunch on the trail. Bar Girls Anna Kirran and Kim happily enjoy a rare break on the trail. FPS student Bonnie braves the mud. Local, Ronnie Goudge is a Ride Leader & great supporter of Hoof Over Hills.

Yet the endless rain, the sleet, the snow, the thick mud, the paddocks which had turned into lakes and rivers, did little to quell the excitement of Hoof Over Hills. The only mention of the weather was the awe expressed when our guests woke, on Saturday morning, to snow capped For campers there were hills and trees. warming fire drums, local sights and places to exAnd later, one thin ray of plore, on site BBQ and sunlight dared to defy the horse and cart rides. The dark clouds, and the Shed wall was turned into breathtaking miracle of a a beautiful mosaic of single rainbow spanned ―Thank You Signs‖ and the Hoof Over Hills prop- photos from previous erty. Even when the chal- years, with visitors able to lenges seem impossible, take any pictures they the rewards are rich. wanted at the end of the weekend. While numbers were down on previous years, 220 Cooked bacon and egg registered horse riders breakfasts with warm and almost 100 campers bread rolls, cereal, fresh embraced the sense of fruit salad, organic orange adventure and welcoming juice and tea and coffee hospitality of Hoof Over ensured everyone was Hills. Treated to spec- fuelled for the exciting tacular views from horse days of Hoof Over Hills.

Our first WELCOME sign

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Flowerdale Primary School
Where Every Day Is Open Day

Grade Prep/1: Jipsie, Shawnee, Summer, Cheyenne, Anthony, Matthew, Jack, Levi, Megan, Lorelei

Grade 2/3/4 Chey Lane Will Ebony Seth Mitch Codie Jay Tom Bonnie Amy


Grade 5/6: Molly, Skyler, Chanze, Lachie, Erynn, Ayden, Chloe, Katie, Shay, Sarah, Jesse, Lochie

GOOD LUCK TO OUR GRADE 6 STUDENTS: Chanze, Ayden, Katie, Lachie, Chloe

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Where Every Day Is Open Day

Every Day Is Open Day at Flowerdale Primary School. 2010 has flown by so quickly, and as we look back on the range of experiences offered to our children over the year, our little school’s motto certainly is appropriate. During Term 4 our kids have attended some excellent camps: the Grade 5/6 camp in Tasmania, the 2/3/4 camp in the City and the Prep/1 camp in Shepparton and Flowerdale. Junior Fun Day, ELF Day, Athletics, Summer Sports Day, Healthy Food Day and a visit to Marysville have ensured that our kids education is holistic. Literacy and numeracy have been our top focus with all children working very hard to exceed their personal best. We have had visits from Concordia College in SA, who were with us for a week of fun and work. Brent Harvey came to Flowerdale and did a footy workshop with everyone having lots of fun. Our friends from Boite have done music workshops with the children to produce a very catchy school song. The Singing Group is in such demand that they are performing almost every week. They rocked at Hoof Over Hills where they delighted an audience of 700 very wet and muddy people, and sang at the launch of the Enlightened Spirits project and the Hall Gala Opening. At the moment they are gearing up for the annual Christmas Concert which will be held in the new Multi-Purpose Room at School. A visit to Darley Stud was a highlight of the term, with children overawed at the gorgeous horses, the beautiful grounds and the friendly staff who ensured they had a day to remember. They have had great fun at the Darley workshop where they were able to suggest names for race horses, and participate in a number of related activities. The Children’s Hub which incorporates the new Early Learning Centre, office space and a shared multi-purpose room, is almost at completion. It looks fantastic with bright open spaces and great internal fittings. The Kinder will be moving in next week. The end of the year is time to say goodbye to some of our friends. We wish all our Grade 6 kids the very best for their High School life in 2011. We sadly say goodbye to Christine Bauer who has been our Prep/1 teacher for three years. Her contribution to our school has been exceptional and she is loved by the kids and parents alike. Our Staff Quiz scores are set to plummet when Christine leaves, and we will all miss her very much. Christine plans to go into the Restaurant business with her partner Satinda—mmmm can almost smell the exotic aromas now. Our Chaplain Sue, our Welfare Worker Darryl, and our smiling Wednesday Girl Kirran all finish up at the end of the year. We thank them for everything they have done to improve the experiences of our children and our staff. And from everyone at Flowerdale Primary School, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we wish you a New Year filled with fun, family and great adventures.

From Left: Prep/1 teacher Christine with partner Satinda, Chaplain Sue, Welfare worker Darryl, and Wednesday worker & HOH dynamo Kirran.

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Flowerdale Junior Youth Group
There wereno excursions this month. We have had two successful home sessions in our backyard complete with cricket and BBQ. Now the Hall renovations are completed we have resumed at the Hall with games, skipping and hula hooping. Our last session for the year will be at Funfields on December 11th. Bookings are essential due to bus capacity. We will be starting fundraising at the next Flowerdale Community Market with a monthly sausage sizzle to help raise much needed funds to continue our Junior & Senior Youth Groups. So all those hungry Flowerdalians come and support our Youth Groups. Also for December Market we will be offering Christmas wrapping service, $2 each present so come along and have them all wrapped for you, take the hassle of getting them wrapped in time for Santa. Junior Youth Group will resume during the school holidays in January (see flyer for details). Tanya & Rod Hallett

Come & Support Flowerdale Junior & Senior Youth Group
  We are holding monthly Sausage Sizzles at the Flowerdale Market once a month as a fundraiser to buy equipment, allow the youth to continue activities and go on excursions. For the month of December at the Market we are offering a gift wrapping service, $2 per present. Also will be held at the Hazeldene Store. Times & Dates will be advised shortly and will posted at the store with all information All Welcome

Flowerdale Senior Youth Group

Needs Volunteers with Working with Children’s Check
Have you got a spare few hours on a Friday Night to come & help with Senior Youth Group. We need as many parents as possible to assist, the more we have means you want have to attend every Friday night. Until we have more volunteers we are unable to run Senior Youth Group. If you are interested please phone 57801223 in the evenings or contact Community House on 57802664

Forming Friendships

Flowerdale Community House INC

ABN 30 127 305 127

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Flowerdale brigade is in the mood for decorations. After all, it is the season for Christmas trees and tinsel. But decorations of a more enduring sort have been given to two members of our brigade recently. Judy Baker has received lifetime membership of the Flowerdale CFA for 29 years of dedicated service to our brigade and our community. Judy‘s energy, commitment and leadership are awe-inspiring. At the pre-fire season get-together, our brigade presented Judy with a plaque to show a little of how much we appreciate her. Norm Berndt has been awarded a medal for 10 years service to the CFA. The CFA organisation recognises how valuable long-term members of the brigades are. More decorations are on the way. The next one will be Santa, along with tinsel and lollies. He will arrive on the fire tanker at Carols by Candlelight at the Hall on Sunday 19 December. Santa will be wearing a splendid new outfit made by the Elves in Flowerdale to replace his old outfit, which suffered in the fires. Heartfelt thanks from the brigade go to Joan Carroll for donating her skills in Santa-suit making. Training. On Sunday 7 November, Flowerdale brigade burned off a windrow on a private block on Silver Parrot Road. ―We were surprised to see so many firies turn up to help burn it off‖, said the residents. The brigade made sure there were Council permits before starting the burn. It was a great opportunity for our members to practise hosing techniques at a controlled fire. Check out the photo of the burn. On Sunday 21 November, Flowerdale participated in a large group training event in Glenburn. ―Just about the best training we‘ve been to in ages‖, reckon the Flowerdale firies. Next training and meeting at the Fire Station. Training—Sunday 5 and 19 December, 9 am. Meeting—Tuesday 7 December, 7.30 pm. We are looking forward to a quiet summer. We wish everybody a peaceful holiday season. Kate Hawkins, Flowerdale CFA

2010 has been a great year at Flowerdale playgroup. We have taken part in many activities including spring activities, puppet making, dance, mask making and creating picture frames. The families have enjoyed taking part in many special activities such as an Autumn Feast and a Very hungry Caterpillar Day and of course celebrating birthdays of our children. The highlight of our year was the day at the Melbourne Aquarium. We also visited the Seymour children‘s expo in October. In the first half of the year we enjoyed visits from Kate from Murrindindi Library for storytime as part of the Your Library Out There series, a service that has been visiting playgroup since June 2009. In April this year we were grateful to welcome Kathryn Goldsmith from Murrindindi Toy Library and help her out with promoting of the Toy Library van throughout Flowerdale. Kathryn and her team supply a toy library service to children aged 0 -6 through out the shire. We thank all those involved in organising this service, especially Kathryn. The Toy Library trailer will continue to visit Flowerdale monthly in 2011. In April along with parents from Marysville and Kinglake playgroup we received a Merit Certificate at the Playgroup Victoria AGM. To acknowledge the commitment we had made towards community playgroups after the 2009 bushfires. by Mitchell Community Health. Leaving the children in childcare while parents spent some quality adult time with each other it was a nice and rewarding change. In August we welcomed the return of Helen Killen for the Rhythm and Beat – pre school music program and she continues entertain the children. Helen runs a fantastic pre school music program for our children and we look forward to her visits. We currently have 12 families enrolled and we are averaging about 5 families and 8 children each week. We are always looking to improve our attendance and continue to promote the program through out the community. The challenge is sometimes not attracting new families but making sure all those enrolled keep coming back, with people having such busy lives. Playgroup will continue to run in 2011 and is always looking for new members to join our friendly group of mums and their young children. Wishing all the parents and children and their friends and family a happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to catching up in 2011. It has been a rewarding time organising playgroup for the last two years. As Ruby and I begin another chapter in our lives we wish the parents of Flowerdale playgroup well. I hope 2011 brings many new people and some special old ones along to playgroup and that the children continue to enjoy playing together.

In June many parents attended the Parenting Course run Louise Reed
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This term has been extremely exciting with children preparing for their end of year concert, which I‘m told ―it is a surprise, I can‘t tell, but we are getting dressed up mum‖. We have been watching the new building nearing completion. The children and staff have concluded the year with a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. It has been a great way for the 4 year olds to celebrate their last term at the Flowerdale Kinder before moving onto school. Once again I‘d like to thank Chrissie and Raelene for all their wonderful efforts with the children over the 2010 year. As the year draws to a close the parents and children will farewell Raelene Eason. Raelene has taught at Flowerdale Kinder for 10 years (2000- 2010) Raelene has put a lot of effort into the running of the Flowerdale Kinder over the years, she has taught many children throughout the Flowerdale Valley and I‘m sure she will be valued in her new job at Marie Williams Kindergarten in Kilmore. When one door closes another one opens and the Flowerdale kinder community is looking forward to welcoming Melanie White as teacher for the 2011 year. Melanie has recently complete the Bastow Institute‘ Contemporary Child development theory for Early Childhood educators and I‘m sure she will be an asset to both the kinder and school community. As president this year I‘ve enjoyed making a positive contribution to the kinder community. I‘d like to thank Kerrie (Secretary) and Kim (Treasurer) for all there hard work on the committee this year. In what has been a year of many changes they have worked hard to support the kinder and worked towards creating a good future for the Flowerdale children. I would also like to wish the new Flowerdale Kinder Committee a great and successful year for 2011 as I will no longer be President as this is my last year of a child attending the Kinder. Any one who has not enrolled for the 2011 year please contact Karla Chatfield – Mitchell Shire Council 57 346 254 Have a safe and happy Christmas, Regards Louise Reed

Wood Splitter available Full Time in Flowerdale
As part of the Tool Library in Flowerdale we now have a permanent Wood Splitter available. To book you need to contact Henry 0427 808 435

I'll Show You A Volunteer --(Author Unknown) Show me a person who spends endless hours in training without pay, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person where a cry for help brings split-second dispatch, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who is devastated when lives are lost or maimed, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who is graciously welcomed as a next-door neighbor, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who often takes more ridicule than complaints, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person whose car is garaged with the grille facing out, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who sacrifices home life, TV ... even tender moments, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person visibly moved at the strains of our National Anthem, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who may be asked to give more than just dedication, And, I'll show you a volunteer. Show me a person who is asked to give more ... and more ... and more, And, I'll show you a volunteer.

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If you can help once a month to distribute please contact 0418 589 072

November 2010 (to 22nd November) Total for October 2010 Year to Date To 22nd November 2010 To 30th November 2009 Regards Virginia
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1st Kinglake Scout Group
Scout News Congratulations to Matthew Griffiths on completing his Explorer Cord, great effort Matt. Our older Scouts recently planned and carried out a 38km hike at Wilsons Promontory. The weather was poor, snowing in Kinglake; and it was a tough hike in rugged country but our Scouts were certainly up to the challenge. As usual they carried everything with them including food, tents and hike stoves. They enjoyed the wonderful scenery and wildlife, even a Tiger Snake sunning himself on the track. At the end they were very pleased with what they had accomplished and it also meant they had achieved their Explorer Campcraft award. Coming up our last night for the year is a combined night at the Whittlesea swimming pool on Tuesday 7th December. Venturer News Our Venturers are currently planning and purchasing parts to build their own motorised go-kart, although by the sound of things it may end up more like something out of Mad Max 2.

Coming up the Venturers will finish of the year by unwinding with up to 1000 other Venturers at the annual Vic Gathering at Pax Hill Scout Camp. Activities will include a battle of the bands, water activities, abseiling and even jelly wrestling. Where else but Scouts could you get a weekend like that? Group News The Kinglake Scout Group recently received the Chief Commissioners Award for quality Scouting and membership increase for the past 12 months. Our membership increased by 32% with the introduction of our Venturer section for 14-17 year olds, the Cub section doubled their numbers and our Scout section continued to maintain its good numbers. Our Scout group currently has over fifty registered members. Some come from as far as Strathewen, Castella and Glenburn to be a part of our group that has been delivering quality Scouting and great opportunities and memories to the youth of the Kinglake district for over thirty years without a break. Thinking of Joining? If you are interested in joining as a Cub, Scout or Venturer, or you are an adult looking for a rewarding outlet as a leader or an assistant please contact: Group Leader Ray Bartlam. Phone: 5786 1529 or by email If would like to find out more about Scouting visit

Grace Church Flowerdale Christmas Celebrations

10 reasons to Celebrate Christmas
December 12 @ 10 am Flowerdale Hall

Tuesday All Day Morning Tea Christmas Breakup
December 14th @ 10.30 am Flowerdale Hall Christmas food, Christmas Songs and Presents
For information call Joanne 0434357730

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Remembrance Service
Wednesday 8th December at 7.30pm
Approaching Christmas can be a time of sadness for some as we remember those who are no longer with us. All are welcome to join us for a service to reflect on loved ones and friends. Kinglake West Uniting Church1050 Main Road, Kinglake West

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Flowerdale Sports Club Inc.
Are seeking the services of an independent Contract Cleaner
(must have ABN) For the Springvalley Recreation Reserve ClubRoom. (approx. 2hrs per F/Night) Must supply equipment & cleaning products.


Interested person(s) please contact Wally Moore 57801435 0403139450 For a summary of duties

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Yea Light’ns Up for Christmas
There is nothing like a hand-made Christmas decoration to raise the spirits and bring to mind the peace and good-will that we can all feel at this time of year. Yea‘s Christmas decorations have been dwindling over recent years and the community agreed that something needed to be done. The Yea Business Tourism Association agreed to assist in the display, the Yea & District Memorial Hospital agreed to fund and coordinate the project and the community resoundingly agreed to participate and the Light‘n Up Yea project was founded. Various community groups, schools and Rosebank Hostel and Nursing Home have been busily making beautiful lantern decorations over the past month. These will adorn the shops for the month of Christmas. Of an evening they will be lit up with LED tea-lights and will twinkle through the night. Most of the businesses in Yea have agreed to participate so the display will be truly a community effort. The Yea & District Memorial Hospital sees this as an opportunity to promote health and wellbeing in the community. Bridget Clarke, the new Community Health and Wellbeing Development Officer at the hospital, agrees this ticks all the boxes. ―It is a positive project with a positive message; if we work together we can achieve great things. We can link the community to promote art, promote local spending, increase physical activity, increase opportunities for reflection and connect diverse groups in a common cause.‖ Ms Clarke was also keen to point out the project was very much a group effort, ―I have been privileged to see this come together,‖ she said. ―Group leaders, participants and local businesses have all been so accommodating. Now we get to enjoy our efforts and Yea now has a very impressive Christmas display.‖ Light‘n Up Yea begins at 5pm Wednesday night the 1st of December and continues through to December 25th. Be sure to promenade all the shops, the hospital and the library to see the decorations at their best and see if you can spot the work of someone you know.

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Council supports Flowerdale locality
A community wish to have a single locality and postcode for the Flowerdale and Hazeldene locality has been supported by Murrindindi Shire Council. Council‘s support will now see Council officers make an approach to Australia Post to amend a single postcode for the area. Mayor Peter Beales said there was overwhelming support for the single locality. ―It was the residents of Flowerdale and Hazeldene who approached Council to facilitate the process of the change. To support their wishes Council staff undertook a survey of residents and the feedback has shown more than 85 per cent of respondents have supported the Flowerdale locality,‖ Cr Beales said. ―Our decision to support the locality can be best summed up in the consultation feedback where residents said a single locality and postcode would provide greater unity and a more cohesive community as well as eliminate the current confusion with service providers and emergency service authorities.‖ ―Ambulance Victoria, Office of Geographic Names, Emergency Services and Telecommunications Authority have supported the concept dependent on Australia Post agreeing to a single postcode. ―Importantly we have started the process that was initiated by the community to have a single locality and we will continue to keep residents informed of Council‘s actions in this matter. ―We will be making strong representations to Australia Post to ensure that they are aware of the community‘s support and feelings towards meeting the single town and postcode objective.‖ If Australia Post approves a single postcode, the Office of Geographic Names will be informed and a further opportunity will be presented to residents to comment on the plan as part of the name changing process. Cr Beales said further options would be explored if Australia Post did not support the concept. ―We have to go through a process that will ensure that we do not leave emergency services confused by any changes that could impact on such services,‖ Cr Beales said. ―There is certainly a push from the community have the change ratified immediately, but we do need to follow procedures because of the number of services the change could impact.‖

Funds put push into students riding campaign
When it comes to the Great Victorian Bike Ride the Yea township has extended its participation by not only gearing up in striving to take the honour as the ride‘s most welcoming town, but 22 of its finest students will also take part in the event thanks to the Community Recovery Fund. ―The students‘ uniforms will be a great endorsement for Yea and our shire. I wish them well.‖

Students, teachers and support staff taking part are: Jason Donnelly, Jim Phelan, Leigh Redding, Nicola Carpenter, Alex Rumble, Lisa Schaeffer, Emily Oliver, Darcey Pell, Lisa Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Peter Beales said the fund Schaeffer, Nicola White, Hamish Stares, Kate McMaster, provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to Chelsea Spagnolo, Xavier O'Dwyer, Jack Sundblom, Callum participate and enjoy the camaraderie associated with the O,Connor, Kate Stobie, Morgan Cassell Sam Morgan, ride. Jacquiline Burnett, Zach Pell, , James Walsh, Andrew Martin, Alan Pell, Tom O‘Dwyer, Sandra Rumble, David Stares, ―The students will make great ambassadors for our shire,‖ Cr Andrew Toohey and Martin Lowe. Beales said. The Community Recovery Fund is supported by the Australian ―This is a great opportunity for Council to thank the Yea, Government and the Department of Planning and Community Eildon and Marysville communities for their commitment Development and administered by Murrindindi Shire Council. It towards this major event that will have some great long-term supports projects assisting youth activities, restoring community benefits in promoting our shire as a great place to visit.‖ space, improving communications and recording history associated with the 2009 bushfires. More than 5000 riders and 500 support staff will visit Eildon, Yea and Marysville as part of this year‘s ride, hitting the shire To date more than $100,000 has been allocated across the on Friday (Dec 3). shire. ―There is a real sense of support for this event, with each of our towns striving to give competitors a great experience.‖ Photo: Mayor Peter Beales joins some of the Yea High The Community Recovery Fund allocation has subsidised School contingent ready to entry fees, provided transport options to the starting and tackle the Great Victorian finishing points and helped with the cost of cycling attire. Bike Ride.
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War on weeds needs everyone’s support
Significant spring rain has created the perfect growing conditions for noxious weeds across Murrindindi Shire and landowners and homeowners are asked to be vigilant when it comes to eradicating these exotic escapees. Council‘s Climate Change and Natural Environment Portfolio spokesperson Cr Sally Abbott Smith said the on-set of blooms of purple - Paterson‘s Curse, yellow - Cape Broom and English Broom and the discovery locally of one of Australia‘s worst weed of national significance – Chilean needle grass – has prompted the call to action. ――For the last two seasons Council has been proactive in combating weeds across the shire. Murrindindi Shire Council has been working with the Catchment Management Authority and Department of Primary Industry and Upper Goulburn Landcare Network to get best value for money‖ to support this war on weeds,‖ Sue McNair Environment Project Officer said. ―Murrindindi Shire Council is involved in a joint project with Benalla and Greater Shepparton Councils to map and treat Chilean Needle Grass within threatened Grassy Woodlands of the Greater Murray Catchment.‖ ―The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority was successful in securing a grant through the Australian Governments ‗Caring for our Country‘ program for this collaborative project.‖ Cr Abbott Smith said while Paterson‘s Curse was easily identifiable with its mass of purple flowers, Chilean needle grass was not and it was important that people took the time to identify this weed and to take appropriate steps to eradicate it. ―Chilean needle grass, a perennial grass native to South America, can be confused with several native grasses and now, when it‘s flowering, is the best time to identify it. It is extremely important to make the correct identification so that our native grasses are not inadvertently destroyed,‖ Cr Abbott Smith said. ―Chilean needle grass is related to serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma) – but it is considered one of our country‘s worst weeds because of its invasiveness, its potential to spread very rapidly and its economic and environmental impacts. Chilean needle grass affects both sown and native pastures. ―Chilean needle grass is very similar in appearance – flowers purplish, to the native spear grass (Austrostipa). However, it can be identified by the raised collar or corona at the join of the seed body and the awn. It also has a distinctive tuft of hairs at the junction of the leaf blade and the leaf sheath. Our native spear grasses lack these features. Cr Abbott Smith said Council was willing to support landholders in their efforts to identify noxious weeds. ―I encourage you to call Council‘s Environment Project Officer Sue McNair at Murrindindi Shire Council on 5772 0702. ―Not only will Sue help with identification, she is also undertaking an important mapping project that is specifically targeting Chilean needle grass. Mapping of infestation areas will allow key agencies such as Council and the Department of Primary Industries to work towards containment and ultimately eradication of this emerging weed,‖ Cr Abbott Smith said. Further identification and management information is available at Photographs:
Chilean needle grass seed: This picture shows an individual seed (which can be pulled from a spikelet-when flowering). The distinctive red 'collar' around the seed is characteristic of Chilean Needle Grass and can be used to distinguish Chilean Needle Grass from other spear grasses some of which look very similar to Chilean Needle Grass Flower cluster: This picture shows the inflorescence (flower cluster) which consists of individual flowering units called spikelets. .

Cr Sally Abbott Smith says the war on weeds needs everyone‘s support. She is pictured with Patterson‘s Curse which is growing throughout the shire

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Co-ordinator Environmental Programs

In seeking to strengthen its environmental focus, the Council has created an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced and suitably qualified person to undertake the new role of Co-ordinator Environmental Programs. The position will be responsible for developing and co-ordinating the delivery of programs aimed at strengthening Council‘s environmental management practices and encouraging community awareness and participation in environmental and sustainability initiatives. A key role of the position is to lead the implementation and continual development of Council‘s Environment Policy and Strategy and to provide specialist technical advice to other Council departments. Applications are invited from individuals who can demonstrate relevant tertiary qualifications and/or substantial experience in environmental science (or related discipline), community and stakeholder engagement, strategy and policy development and project and administrative management. Knowledge of local government will be well regarded. The position is full time, and classified Band 7 under the Victorian Local Authorities Award. The position is based in Alexandra. A position description is available from Council‘s website or by contacting Tara Carter on 5772 0333. Applications should be marked ‗Confidential – Co-ordiantor Environmental Programs‘ and addressed to Michael Chesworth, General Manager Sustainability, PO Box 138 Alexandra VIC 3714. Applications close 5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2010. The position is expected to commence in mid to late January 2011.

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Murrindindi Shire Council Economic Development Strategy 2011 – 2015
Attention - Business Owners and Operators Online Business Survey
If you own or operate a business in Murrindindi you are encouraged to complete the online business survey. The business survey has been developed as part of the process to create the Murrindindi Economic Development Strategy 2011 - 2015. The information gathered from individual businesses will remain strictly confidential. Only aggregated data will be used in the final report. To access the online survey: 1. Log onto 2. Select Business Development from the left hand menu 3. Click on the Murrindindi Economic Development Strategy Business Survey icon 4. Complete the survey - a 20 to 30 minute block of time should be enough For more information telephone Kelly Purton, Economic Development Department on 03 5772 0318 or email .

Help shape economic progress across Murrindindi - log on now Survey closes 17 December, 2010
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Volunteer Drivers Wanted
We are looking for people who have a manual driver‘s licence Some Spare time A sense of humour A sense of wanting to help others to drive the Community Bus. If this sounds like you ring Judi Pay 5772 0714 (Tues & Wed) for more information

Your Health and Wellbeing From Community Health Water Safety Week 27 November – 5 December 2010 With warmer weather just around the corner and more opportunities for a cool swim in the local dam, river or at the beach it is important to stay safe around water this summer. Water Safety Week, a key part of the state-wide ‗Play it Safe by the Water‘ campaign, will be held from Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December 2010. The Royal Life Saving 2010 National Drowning Report was launched on 22 September and it held some alarming statistics. Between July 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010 there were 314 drowning deaths in Australian waterways. This figure is the highest it‘s been at any time in the last seven years and is a reversal of the long-term downward trend in drowning deaths. The biggest increase in drowning (on the five year average) has occurred in lakes, dams and lagoons and more than 50 per cent of drowning deaths have happened outside major cities in regional areas. Two high risk groups in the drowning statistics are children under the aged of five and people in the over 55s age group. As younger children become more mobile they require greater supervision around water, both at home and when the family is out . Drowning in people over 55 now represents a third of all drowning deaths and people in this group need increased knowledge of the impact of health and medication on drowning, and the need to renew lifesaving skills. The main things to remember about water safety: Know the environment – There are different safety rules for beaches, rivers, lakes and swimming pools. Beware of local water conditions and weather before going swimming. Behave Safely – Obey all water safety signs, make sure someone is looking out for you and don‘t mix alcohol and swimming. Learn to swim – Being able to swim is an essential skill for water safety. Everybody, especially school aged children, should be taught to swim and how to stay afloat. More information on water safety can be found on the following websites: (including the 2010/11 Victorian Water Safety Guide) Alexandra Community Health - Alexandra District Hospital - 5772 0800 Yea Community Health - Yea & District Memorial Hospital – phone 5736 0410

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Kinglake Early Learning Centre
(Murrindindi Shire Council) Positions available for Permanent and Casual Child Care. Open Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm. Catering for children from 0 to 6 years. Fully Qualified Staff offering programs to suit the needs of children. Special fee relief available to eligible families. Government rebate also available. Please call Natalie or Tanya on 5786 5664 to arrange your child‘s enrolment.

All non-ferrous metals *We pay up to $100 a car* more for trucks *(conditions apply)* Melb Metro daily (MSIC) Wharf acc. 24 hours service, 7 days Trade Towing Metro/Country, Twin Car, Car Capacity Caravan Relocation, Tractor, Bobcats Equipment (up to 5 tons)


Phone Eddy 0407849252 or 0357978220 3877 Melba Hwy, Glenburn, 3717 Fax 57978520

The Flowerdale Hotel
3325 Whittlesea Yea Road Flowerdale Ph: 57801230

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Viv & Steve & all at

The Flowerdale Hotel
We will be Open Christmas Day For Christmas drinks only from 11.30 -1pm & CLOSED from 1.00pm for Family Re opening Boxing Day Open Mic Sunday Decembeer 5th 2pm ish

Acoustix Sunday Decembeer 19th 1.30 pm ish
NewYears Eve Classic Rock Band BLADE
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The Flowerdale Flyer is now available online thanks Julie & Pete. Go to to view back issues from July 2009 If you would to be notified of when its updated on the website please contact to be added to database. You will also be notified during the month to keep up to date with the latest information in our area and surrounds. An email will be sent of what is new on blogspot with community events, articles, general information in regards to Bushfire Recovery.

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Only $5 a month Must be prepaid (leave at the Store) Flowerdale Flyer Tradies List

Name Expertise Phone number Is all that is needed

And Watch the jobs flow in

Contact PAULA 5780 2027

If you would like to contribute articles, stories and advertising of businesses in the Flowerdale Flyer, contact Julie Bateman or phone 0418589072 or contact the Flowerdale Community House, or 5780 2664

Cabinet Maker Renzo Ukosich—New kitchens & renovations Carpenter Reece Warren Gardening Josh Sommers—all round gardener 5780 2278

0418 341 507 0438 306 616

1/16 Page 1/8 Page 1/4 Page 1/2 Page Full Page Classified Ads Personals $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $45.00 $90.00 $1 per line Free

Landscaping Alex Jones-Pavescape—Paving, Concreting, Bobcat Hire, Excavator, Post Holes 0409 338 130 Painting & Decorating Adam Thomas—Painter/Decorator, Roof Painting & Pressure Cleaning 0420 991 834 John Kyme—Painter & Decorator 0418 564 851 Home: 5780 2569 Roofing Plumber Tony Nagel—Repairs & Restoration 0439 182 677

Plasterer Peter Kiss—New Buildings, Renovations, Repairs– No Job Too Big or Too Small 0413 741 396 Plumber Tom Simpson—TLS Plumbing—Septics, Water Tanks etc 0433 309 559

Email the Flowerdale Community House at or post to: PO Box 2008, Hazeldene 3658

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Mobile Library Visits:
Hazeldene Bus Stop—1.30 to 4.30pm 1st & 3rd Thursday of month. If you have internet access at home you can reserve books at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website ( and collect them from the Mobile Library.
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Flowerdale Community House INC INC Flowerdale Community House
Open Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am—3pm Tuesday & Wednesday 10am—3pm Phone: 5780 2664 2664 Phone: 5780

What’s on at your Community House?
The Flowerdale Community House would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New year. Thankyou to all our volunteers for all the hard work and dedication over the past year. PLEASE NOTE:  All classes will recommence at the Flowerdale Hall as renovations are now completed.  The Flowerdale Community House will be closed from Monday 20th December 2010 and will reopen Friday 4th February 2011

MONDAY Yoga –Every Monday, Tutor: Libby Mitchell $10 (discounts apply, please ask at time of enrolment) 9.3011.30am. Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning

Community House.
Lighten Up—Weight Loss Group designed with you in mind all welcome. Incentives, menu ideas, weigh in from 6pm. Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning

Community House.
Kim’s Fitness and Fun—Stay on for Fitness and Fun with Tutor: Kim from 7pm $5. TUESDAY All Day Morning Tea—Every Tuesday from 10-2.30pm. Come and connect with your community enjoy a cuppa, cake and a chat, casual and relaxed atmosphere and everybody is welcome. Thanks to Grace Church. Chi Ball—Tutor: Gemma Wakefiled, $10 (discounts apply, please ask at time of enrolment) 10-11.30am.

Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning Community House.
Massage/Chiropractic/Osteopathy/Acupunture—Each Tuesday, 1-4pm. Thanks to Hands on Health Australia professionals, RMIT students and clinician Helen. Acupuncture on first Tuesday of the month with Marta. Bookings must be made with Chris, Community House. Patchwork—Tuesday Evenings, Cost $4 7-9pm and the first Saturday of each month from 9.30am-3.30pm Cost $5. WEDNESDAY Playgroup—Wednesdays from 10-12.30, $2 per family. From newborn to preschool. Please bring a piece of fruit to share. Art Group—A self led group from 1-3pm, bring your supplies and project to this social group. THURSDAY Belly Dancing—Each fortnight, Tutor: Kristen, Cost $10. Come and have a good laugh with us and NO you don’t need to show your belly! Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your

interest by phoning Community House.

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Flowerdale Community House INC
Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am—3pm Phone: 5780 2664

What’s on at your Community House?
FRIDAY Hairdressing—Fridays , 1-5pm, with Lisa McKinna. For appointments please book through Community House (see separate flyer for price list). Clinical Hypnotherapy/Counselling/Naturopathy—Alan, Senior Practitioner provides a truly holistic and caring approach to personal issues and health. Appointments can be made through Community House. Kids Music Group—Fridays, 4pm. With enormous thanks to Sony Music and The Salvation Army. Community Dinners—Next dinner will be advised shortly and advertised at Store, Pub, Hall/Hub and Recreation Reserve. Adults $5, Children $3 and under 5 are free. Club bar opens at 5.45pm. Meals are from 6-8pm. We meet at the Recreation Reserve to enjoy a meal together, all welcome. Thankyou to the ongoing support from Julie Whittaker Smith, our amazing volunteer who travels from Chadstone for each dinner. Please Note: Commencing February next year when Community Dinners resume they

will be held once a month.
SATURDAY Japanese Cookery—Will resume again next year, we wish Hiroko all the best with her recovery. SUNDAY Grace Church—Want some peace in your life? Come to a Church service with a difference..... Each fortnight next service is Sunday 12th December from 10am.

Community Bus—To hire the community bus contact 0418589072 for prices & details. Op Shop—Call in and have a browse you may pick up a bargain. Volunteers are always needed so if you have a spare few hours please call the Community House. Flowerdale Food Share—Thanks to the ongoing partnership with Berry Street and the Victorian Food Bank. Phone Alison Dyson or come and speak with Odette. Firewood—If you are in desperate need of firewood, please call the Community House. Annie on UGFM—Each Saturday Morning at 9.30am on 88.9/98.9UGFM. Annie gives the Flowerdale Report, ―Good Morning Murrindindi‖ and has a wide listening audience.
Life Drawing—If you would be interested in joining this class, please call the Community House to register your interest. Classes will be at 7pm in the evening (our tutor Lou will advise of date shortly). Cost $10. Flowerdale Seniors Group—Come in and help develop the exciting Calendar of events for the year of activities (anyone over 55 welcome to join). Come in on Tuesday mornings to help with planning with Trish, Max, Judy and Jan. Physical Activity Group—For over 55’s an exciting range of classes are planned with Rickie Nuske including Thi Chi, Yoga, Pilates, walking strength training, aerobics etc... Please come and get involved, begins shortly and all sessions free of charge. Ladies Chainsaw Classes—Due to popular demand another series of workshops will commence next year. Enormous thanks to Peter Auty. Please call Community to register your interest. Mens Cooking Classes—All Ages. Community House to register your interest. Please call

Hip Hop Dancing—Tutor Chevy. Please call Community House to register your interest.
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Ambulance 000 Bee Swarm Removal 0400 337 556 Berry Street 5772 3383 Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 Bushfire Building Advice Line 1300 360 320 Bushfire Case Management Service 1800 050 400 CFA Emergency 000 Consumer Affairs Victoira 1300 558 181 DHS Child Protection 1800 650 227 (After Hours) 13 12 78 DHS Hub (Leanne Pleash) 5780 2704 Dial Before you Dig 1100 Doctor—Yea 5736 0444 Direct Line—Drug & Alcohol Counselling 1800 888 236 Flowerdale Community House (Hall) 5780 2664 Flowerdale Hotel 5780 1230 Flowerdale Kindergarten 5780 2020 Flowerdale Primary School 5780 1264 Hazeldene Store 5780 1202 Grace Church—Flowerdale 0434357730 Griefline (12noon-Midnight) 9596 7799 Help for Wildlife 0417 380 687 Hospital—Yea 5736 0400 Housing for people with drug/alcohol issues 5784 5555 Insurance Ombudsman 1300 728 228 Kids Help Line 1800 551 800 Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House 5786 1301 Lands Titles 8636 2026 Lifeline 13 11 14 JP (Lyn Gunter) 5780 2382 (G Atkins) 5786 2038 (K Stewart) 5786 1557 Maternal & Child Health Emergency (AH) 1800 134 883 Mensline 1300 789 978 Mental Health Advice Line 1300 280 737 Mitchell Community Health Services 1300 773 352 Murrindindi Shire Council— Alexandra 5772 0333 Yea 5797 2209 Kinglake 5786 1522 Home Based Child Care 5772 0362 Aged Care Services 5772 0360 Local Law Emergencies * 0419 572 425 Engineering Emergencies * 0407 509 413 Local Law Enforcement 5772 0333 *These numbers must only be used in the case of an emergency. If matter is not urgent please contact MSC during office hours. Nurse-On-Call 1300 606 024 Office of Housing (Seymour DHS) 1800 680 694 Open Family Youth Outreach Worker 0417 160 598 Police—Kinglake 5786 1333 —Yea 5797 2630 —Emergency 000 Poisons Information 13 11 26 Red Cross REDiPlan 8327 7700 Regional Information & Advocacy Council 1800 221 944 Relationships Australia 1300 364 277 Rural Financial Counselling Service 5735 4342 Rural Housing Network 5735 2000 SES 13 25 00 TRU Energy Power Failure 13 17 99 Vet—Yea 5797 2333 —Whittlesea 9716 2495 Victorian Aids & Equipment Program 5832 2200 Vision Australia 5831 3555 Yea Community House 5797 3070 Wildlife Victoria 1300 094 535

FLOWERDALE COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY Captain: Glenn Woods Station: 5780 2179 Meets: 7.30pm 1st Tuesday of Month Emergency: 000

Training: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 9am

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HIRE THE FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY BUS?????? For details & costs phone 0418 589 072

Flowerdale Community Service Hub Opening Hours
The Flowerdale Community Service Hub is now open on the following days: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: 10am—4pm 10am—4pm 10am—4pm CLOSED 10am—4pm CLOSED CLOSED

Please Note: The Services Hub has now moved from the portable building into their new offices at the Flowerdale Community Hall

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